6-Hour Lap Chase
Do you have what it takes? Join local riders and WRCMBA for our 1st Annual Whiskey Chaser Fundraiser!
This is a 6-hour Lap Chase: riders compete to see how many 6.6 mile laps they can complete on a designated course at the Whiskey Run Trail System in the Coos County Forest while raising money and awareness for our local world-class trail system.
Bikers can ride solo, duo, or 3-5 person teams.
Registration is now open! $20/entry
Do we really ride for 6 hours?
Yes absolutely, and it usually turns out to be longer! But you don’t have to do it alone if you don’t want to. Duo and 3-5 person teams are allowed; these are all classified as co-ed teams. Girls = Boys in mountain biking around these parts.
You/your team must continue to ride until the 6 hour mark passes. Which means: if you/your team cross the finish-line at 5:59:59 you/your team will be required to go back out for another lap or suffer a DNF (Did Not Finish). So, in almost all cases (unless you’re extremely exceptional at your timing) you/your team will be racing and finishing your last lap after the 6 hour mark has passed. Remember: those with the most laps + fastest finish time win!
Promptly at 10am, we will be starting LeMans Style/Standing Start, where riders run to their bikes before jumping on and pedaling away for their first lap. Riders should have their bikes in place at 9:50am.
How much does it cost?
The fee is $20 per competitor. Solo rider = $20; team of 5 = $100.
All proceeds go directly to WRCMBA, the local non-profit mountain biking club for the area. WRCMBA helps maintain trails across the region (specifically the Whiskey Run Trails you will be riding on), while promoting mountain biking education, youth events, and development of more trails. Join WRCMBA today!
Are E-Bikes allowed?
Is cheating allowed? No. Sorry this race is for two pistons only- your right and left legs. No motorized bicycles, pedal assist bikes, scooters, mopeds, or hoverboards allowed. And on that note: Absolutely No Cheating! If you cheat, or we find out you cheat in any way, you will be disqualified, publicly shamed, tar and feathered, and never allowed to participate in any WRCMBA event again. Don’t be a cheater, don’t be a jerk. Ride the whole course like it’s prepared or suffer the consequences.
Things to think about
As with all mountain biking events, rides, or races, hydration and nutrition are paramount. Have a nutrition plan so you don’t bonk. This is a long ride for the solo rider; expect to complete a 6.6 mile lap every 45 minutes to 1 hour, in some cases up to 1.5 hours. Distance is roughly 6.6 miles x 6-hours = 39.6 miles! And that’s for the average bikers.
If you are riding solo it’s helpful to have a pit crew or someone to refill your water bottles, keep you fueled, and fix any mechanicals along the way.
Riders are encouraged to carry trail repair tools and basic first-aid supplies on course in the case of flat tires, as well as bike or body issues.
PLEASE GET YOUR BICYCLE PROFESSIONALLY TUNED UP AND PREPARED FOR A RIDE OF THIS CALIBER! <<<—-We cannot stress this enough!
Forming a team
Endurance competitions are a fun challenge to test your body and most importantly your mind. Determine how much you want to ride and how competitive you want to be. Check the course map for elevation and trail features to determine your pace. If you have a fairly slower group of riding buddies, we suggest 3 to 4 people per team, we want everyone in your team to ride at least one lap! Faster riders will complete this lap in about 45 minutes, while slower, not-too-competitive riders will take about 1 to maybe 1.5 hours to complete this lap. You can do the math.
Form a team by convincing your riding buddies to join you on this test of endurance, maybe buy them a beer (or 2). As the Team Captain: all you need to know is each teammate’s complete name, nickname (if they have one), date of birth, gender, and email.
All duo and 3-5 person teams are co-ed. You can have all ladies or all dudes, or mix-n-match, the choice is yours.
I want to race singlespeed/tandem/unicycle/fixie/fat-bike, what about my special category?
Great, good for you. We love riding our singlespeeds just as much as the next plaid and jorts dude. You’ll get some recognition in the form of extra beer-ups or high-fives. But, if you win on your ss/tandem/unicycle/fixie/fattie then you are truly the king/queen, and we are not worthy. You can have bragging rights for the rest of your life. So make it count you filthy animals!
Whiskey Run Trails are located in the Coos County Forest and are easily accessible from Bandon (7-10 minutes) or Coos Bay (20-30 minutes). From Highway 101 take West Beaver Hill Road west (that’s towards the ocean y’all). Turn left on Whiskey Run Road. Main Trailhead is about a mile +/- on the right & left.
PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY! We will be starting the 1st lap with a LeMans Style Start/ Standing Start where rider will run to their bicycle, jump on, and start the lap.
Coming from out of town? Camping is available at Bullard’s Beach State Park (reserve well ahead of time). Consider staying at one of Bandon’s fine hotels or in Coos Bay. There’s also ample AirBNB rentals in the area. Here’s a few we recommend:
- Bandon Wayside Motel + RV <- Our Fave!
- Bandon Inn
- Best Western Inn at Face Rock
- The Inn at Old Town
- The Mill Casino – Hotel and RV Park
What about parking?
Parking is limited at the trail system. One vehicle per team please, carpool! We will be directing parking at the time of the event. Solo riders will have priority parking at the Main Lot. All teams will file in along the road and Copperhead Road Parking Lot. All spectator vehicles should please give competitors parking priorities.
What if I want to come with my family but I don’t want to compete?
Kids? Non-competitors? No problem! Park down at The Snag Lower Trailhead Parking and enjoy the trails here while other family members compete. Casual riding will be allowed on all trails EAST of Whiskey Run Road including Copperhead Road; Boot, Scoot’n, Boogie; Gnome Wrecker; and The Snag. See TrailForks for a map of the area.
So bring all your bikes and check out the new black diamond trails across the street! There will be ABSOLUTELY NO CASUAL RIDERS ALLOWED ON THE COURSE or any trails WEST of Whiskey Run Road during the ride. This is for your safety and the safety of our competitors. Spectators are welcome and encouraged but please STAY OFF THE COURSE TRAILS AT ALL TIMES! There are great spectator spots at the following trail locations: top of Hollerback/ Sour Mash (gravel road access from top gate off W. Beaver Hill Rd), Swam-Pass Bypass bench, Lower Dirty Dishes and Stay Tuned Intersection (close to lower TH), Hollerback/Dirty Dishes/ Well Shot intersection bench.
Cow bells recommended! Beer-ups encouraged!